Season 4 | Our State Foresters | Episode 3

#60 | Plan your work and work your plan

February 21, 2018 | Joe Fox

Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox leads the Arkansas Forestry Commission in a position he has held since 2012. Joe is a native of Arkansas and worked a family-owned lumber business for over 20 years at one point. He is also the former President of the Arkansas Forestry Association and former Chair of the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Joe is a a third-generation lumberman/forester, and on the program, he discusses some of the leadership differences from being a family-owned business to running the Arkansas Forestry Commission, why you can never have too many friends, and so much more!

Key Takeaways:

[:55] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:35] A quick intro about Joe’s background.

[3:20] How did Joe become interested in forestry?

[6:45] Does Joe recommend that young foresters also get a business education as well?

[8:25] What was Joe’s first job out of forestry school?

[11:00] Joe discusses some of the mentors he has had throughout his career.

[14:45] Why did Joe leave his family’s forestry business and set out on his own?

[19:15] You can never have too many friends! Relationships are still the number one reason people join churches or become foresters.

[25:55] What has Joe learned about leadership while being the CEO of an agency?

[28:55] Plan your work and work your plan.

[29:50] What does Joe wish he learned sooner about leadership?

[30:00] Joe never learned anything while he was talking!

[32:00] What kind of leadership principles would Joe like to convey to the new leaders out there?

[35:10] Remember, words mean things.

[36:45] Joe discusses what he likes about working with the younger generation.

[38:45] What are some of the ways we can attract and retain our young talent?

[41:35] Respect all the different types of people that you come across in your work.

[44:05] Joe recommends reading the book Masters of the Air.

Mentioned in This Episode:
Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, by Donald L. Miller
The Movie, Patton (1970)


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